Fed-up MH370 fam­i­lies to hunt for de­bris in Mada­gas­car

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Police were re­port­edly show­ing the chil­dren pic­tures of the dead in an ef­fort to iden­tify their par­ents.

A frac­ture in the track is thought to have caused the In­dore-Patna Ex­press to de­rail on Novem­ber 19, send­ing the car­riages crash­ing into each other and leav­ing some twisted be­yond recog­ni­tion. Rail­ways min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu ad­dressed a rowdy crowd of law­mak­ers in the lower house of par­lia­ment, promis­ing to a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­dia’s rail­way net­work, one of the world’s largest, is still the main form of long-dis­tance travel in the vast coun­try, but it is poorly funded and deadly ac­ci­dents oc­cur rel­a­tively fre­quently. – REL­A­TIVES of MH370 pas­sen­gers will travel to Mada­gas­car next month in hopes of re-kin­dling ef­forts to find and re­cover seaborne de­bris from the ill­fated Malaysia Air­lines jet, next-of-kin as­so­ci­a­tion Voice370 said yes­ter­day.

The Boe­ing 777 jet was car­ry­ing 239 pas­sen­gers and crew when it dis­ap­peared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing on March 8, 2014. It is be­lieved to have crashed into the In­dian Ocean, but an ex­ten­sive deep-sea hunt off Aus­tralia’s west coast has so far failed to find a sin­gle piece of de­bris from the plane, with the search set to end by early 2017.

Voice370 has re­peat­edly com­plained about the lack of a co­or­di­nated search in the western In­dian Ocean and along the African coast de­spite the re­cov­ery there of sev­eral pieces of de­bris which were ei­ther con­firmed or de­clared highly likely to have come from MH370.

“De­spite th­ese hugely im­por­tant finds, there has been no sys­tem­atic, or­gan­ised search by any re­spon­si­ble party,” the group said.

“This leaves the next-of-kin no other choice but to take it upon our­selves to do some­thing to find an­swers and clo­sure.”

Seven next-of-kin will visit Mada­gas­car from De­cem­ber 3 to 11 to raise aware­ness, urge search ef­forts by lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and the pub­lic, and look for de­bris them­selves.

Many fam­i­lies are scep­ti­cal the right area is be­ing searched, and Voice370 has pre­vi­ously called for a full pub­lic re-ex­am­i­na­tion of satel­lite data that was used to de­ter­mine the site of the sus­pected crash.

The scat­tered seaborne frag­ments of MH370 found closer to Africa con­firmed the plane went down but have shed no light on what caused the jumbo jet to in­ex­pli­ca­bly di­vert off-course.

The first piece of de­bris found from MH370 – a 2-me­tre wing part known as a flap­eron – washed up on the French In­dian Ocean is­land of Re­union in July 2015.

Since then a range of de­bris linked to the flight has been found along western In­dian Ocean shore­lines. –

ar the wreck­age of the train on the dam­aged tracks where it de­railed near Novem­ber 20. The death toll in­creased to 142 yes­ter­day but many more are

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